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Red Maple Lake

Red Maple Lake Scenic Area (Hongfeng Lake)

Red Maple Lake (Hongfeng Lake), located about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Guiyang, is considered to be the pearl of the Guizhou Plateau. It is the most attractive lake along with Baihua (Hundred Flowers) Lake and Dongfeng (East Wind) Lake in Guizhou.

Red Maple Lake is the largest artificial lake on the Guizhou Plateau. Covering an area of 57.2 square kilometers (22 square miles), its size of area is twelve times the size of the Ming Tombs Reservoir in Beijing and six times larger than the famous West Lake in Hangzhou. This lake is the centerpiece of the Red Maple Lake Scenic Area scenic area which occupies a total of 240 square kilometers (93 square miles). The surrounding mountain ranges are full of red maple trees. As autumn approaches, the leaves of red maple trees turn red- hence the lake's name.

The Red Maple Lake Scenic Area can be divided into four parts: the North Lake, the South Lake, the Rear Lake and the minority ethnic villages.

The North Lake, the smallest lake of this area, attracts a lot of visitors for its various islands such as Bird Island, Snake Island and Tortoise Island. Along the shore there is a historic complex of ancient tombs left by the Western Han Dynasty.

The South Lake is characterized by its caves, such as the General's Cave, Fishing Cave and Underground Cave. The Rear Lake is famous for its fascinating countryside. Visitors can leisurely walk on the roads along the lake's shore to admire the stunning scenery.

In this scenic area, visitors can see interesting examples of village architectures, including a Miao traditional house (DiaoJiaolou), a Bouyei flagstone house and a Dong drum tower which has a roofed bridge. The drum tower can be reached by boat to enjoy a panoramic view of the Red Maple Lake. Besides enjoying natural beauty, visitors can also experience unique ethnic minorities’ tradition and custom in the minority ethnic villages.

The beautiful Red Maple Lake is an ideal tourist destination and can be conveniently included in an itinerary that includes the Dragon Palace and Huangguoshu Waterfall.

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